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Janelle Cooper, Widow of Gunsite Academy Founder Col. Jeff Cooper

Janelle Cooper passes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day... — 2 Timothy 4:7-8

With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Mrs. Janelle Cooper, widow of Jeff Cooper and founder of Gunsite. She was surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Cooper celebrated her 99th birthday at Gunsite the end of May with a family celebration in the Gunsite Classroom "Revelation."

Jeff and Janelle founded Gunsite Academy in 1976 in Paulden Arizona and it continues to be a legacy to their beliefs in being an American. She led a full life, travelling about the world with her late husband. Her tea, lemonade, and brownies were a legendary treat for the 250 graduates as the end of their week, only exceeded by her hospitality at the Sconce.

According to Gunsite Academy’s Owen “Buz” Mills, Mrs. Cooper will be buried on the ranch in the mausoleum where her husband is interred. Service arrangements are incomplete at this time, but we will keep the Gunsite family apprised of any further information.

Please keep the Cooper family in your thoughts and prayers.

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